Cleary University signs All-American Valle to softball team

Posted: March 18, 2014

HOWELL – Ashley Valle, an All-American from St. Clair County Community College (SC4), has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Cleary University.

“Cleary is incredibly fortunate to have landed Ashley. Ashley is an all American junior college transfer that brings to our team immediate power hitting and great defensive play at first base,” said Tim Bailey, head softball coach at Cleary University. “In her last year at SC4 she lead the team in just about every hitting category you can track. Ashley also brings a maturity that will be a great help in team leadership.”

Valle led the SC4 softball team in home runs and hits and only had one error in two years.

Before SC4 she was a four-year varsity player at Algonac High School where she led the team in home runs, hits and runs batted in all four years she played. She also was the offensive and defensive player of the year for three years at Algonac.

Valle also played varsity basketball and volleyball at Algonac.

“I have been playing since I was five years old and I wanted the opportunity to continue to play,” Valle said. “It’s exciting to be part of building a new team.”

Valle, who is interested in health management, said she chose Cleary University because, “It feel like a family.”

“I went to a larger school for a year and felt like I was just a number in a seat,” said Valle. “The classes are small here and you get a chance to know everyone.”

The Cleary University softball team is scheduled begin play this fall, with its inaugural spring season in 2015.

Cleary University reintroduced its collegiate athletic program in 2011 when it formed teams for men’s and women’s golf and cross country. Cleary’s athletic program also includes: men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse. Cleary is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Cleary’s mission is to provide a practical, application-based education, which equips students to advance their careers.